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Pollution Prevention Plans

The Department of Environmental Affairs published draft regulations on the declaration of greenhouse gasses as priority pollutants in terms of the Air Quality Act on 8 January 2016. This regulation covers 15 production processes.  Entities that operate any of these production processes, and produce more than 100,000 tons of CO2 …

Energy management Plans

The Department of Energy published draft Regulations regarding Registration, Reporting on energy Management and Submission of Energy Management Plans in March 2015. The threshold for the submission of energy management plans is set at 400,000 Gigajoules total energy consumption per year. Companies will have to demonstrate efficiency improvements through the …

Carbon Tax

National Treasury published a draft carbon tax bill for comments at the end of 2015. The design of the bill is substantially the same as before, but with some modifications. Companies that operate production processes as listed in the annexure to the regulation declaring greenhouse gasses as priority pollutants will …

Carbon offsets

National Treasury included the use of carbon offsets as a relief mechanism in the proposed tax system. Carbon offsets are carbon credits, generated in South Africa, that can be sold to carbon tax payers to reduce their carbon tax liability. The Department of Energy has developed the administration system for …

Carbon budgets

Under the National Climate Change Response Strategy carbon budgets were mentioned as an important tool for the Department of Environmental Affairs to engage with private sector on moving towards a low carbon economy. Large emitters can voluntary apply for a company specific carbon budget. In participating under the carbon budget …

Mandatory energy reporting

The Department of Energy has published draft regulations for mandatory reporting of energy consumption by large energy users. This forms part of their development of an Energy Efficient Monitoring System (EEMS) to track the efficient consumption of energy within South Africa and the trends involved. Companies with annual energy consumption …

Mandatory greenhouse gas reporting

The Department of Environmental Affairs is in the process of promulgating regulations for mandatory GHG reporting. The purpose of the regulations is to allow the department to gather information from business to assist South Africa to improve its national greenhouse gas inventory.

The greenhouse gas figures reported by companies will …

South African Carbon Tax

What is Carbon Tax?

South Africa recognises the importance of creating a framework for the transition to an environmentally sustainable, low-carbon economy. As such, the country is currently designing a suite of climate-change mitigation measures to reduce GHG emissions. The most notable of these measures is the proposed national carbon …

Carbon Footprint Calculation Tool

The Promethium Corporate Carbon Footprint Tool was designed to do a basic calculation of your carbon footprint based on energy consumption and other data. It offers a tutorial on the use of the Tool with reference to the source documentation. The Tool reports on Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. …

Climate Change Strategy

What is a Climate Change Strategy?

A Climate Change Strategy provides the foundation for transforming an organization’s engagement on climate change. It is a journey with a clear vision and goals.  Monitoring and reporting of results are required to measure progress.

Promethium Carbon’s approach

Our approach to developing a climate …

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

What is the CDP?

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organization working to drive greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainable water use by business and cities.

It provides a transformative global system for thousands of companies and cities around the world to measure, disclose, manage and share …

Carbon Footprint

What is a carbon footprint?

A Carbon footprint measures the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organisation, event or product. Carbon footprinting can be pursued for different purposes, fulfil different needs, and be characterised by very different levels of effort and financial costs.

Different types of carbon footprints include:

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

What is LCA?

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a cradle-to-grave quantitative assessment of the environmental impacts associated with a product, process or service. In the case of a product, life cycle refers to the major activities undertaken in the course of its lifespan from raw material sourcing, manufacturing, and use, …

Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

What is the CDM?

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is a framework that encourages developing countries to implement emission reduction projects to earn certified emissions reductions (CERs). Each CER is equivalent to one less tonne of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. These CERs can be traded and sold to …

Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs)

What is VER’s?

Voluntary Emissions Reductions or Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs) refer to the market for carbon credits outside the Kyoto Protocol compliance regime. VERs are not mandated by any law or regulation, but originate from an organisation’s desire to take active part in climate change mitigation efforts VERs therefore …

Carbon Neutral and Offsetting

Promethium Carbon has a number of clients who recognise the advantage of becoming carbon neutral. We can assist in attaining a carbon-neutral status by the following 3-step process:

Step 1:   Calculate carbon footprint
Step 2: Reduce emissions – We identify emission reduction opportunities for the client to reduce …

Carbon Budgeting

What is Carbon Budgeting?

Carbon budgets set a total amount of Greenhouse Gas emissions over a set period for a country, sector and/or a business. The best example of the use of this approach is the UK Government which has set limits over successive 5 year periods.

The South African …

Mitigation Plans

What is Mitigation Plans?

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has declared greenhouse gas emissions as a priority pollutant and subsequently can ask for pollution prevention plans also known as mitigation plans.

The South African Government has indicated that the development of Mitigation Plans will be a mandatory for some …

Climate Change Risk Assessments

What is a Climate Change Risk Assessment?

Business is beginning to appreciate that just as the need to reduce their carbon footprint is important, the direct impacts of climate change, whether they be the result of less rainfall or higher temperatures, need to be comprehensively addressed.

Promethium Carbon’s service

Promethium …